Golden Plains Shire Council is a made up of seven elected Councillors, including the elected Mayor, as well as Council staff.
As a part of Local Government, Council provides a wide variety of services to our municipality and enforces various federal, state and local laws for our communities.
If you are looking for information about the Golden Plains Shire region, click here.
How does Council work?
Councils are made up of two parts: the elected representatives (Councillors, including the Mayor) and administration (Council staff):
- Councillors are elected by the residents and ratepayers of Golden Plains Shire, and once elected, they are responsible for reviewing matters and debating issues before Council. They take an Oath of Office to carry out this role impartially, to the best of their ability, and in the best interests of the Shire.
- The Mayor is much more than the figurehead of Council and is elected by their fellow Councillors for a one-year term at a special meeting of Council.
- Council staff are the resource that ensures the day-to-day running of the organisation and the delivery of Council services and functions. Staff have a wide range of training and expertise. The CEO is responsible for managing the organisation for Council. Learn more about the organisation here.
You can find out more about how Councils work by visiting the Victorian Government’s Council Structure page.
An Annual Report is the snapshot of the year, including highlights, achievements, governance, management and other information – you can read the most recent report, or those from previous years.
Where can I find Council?
Golden Plains Shire Council alternates holding meetings in Bannockburn and Linton Council Chambers – details are on our Council Meetings page.
Council also has Customer Service Centres in Bannockburn and Linton – find out more about contacting Council on our Contact us page.
Council's Strategic Partnerships
Golden Plains Shire Council partners with a range of other organisations and councils to better advocate its interests to the Victorian and Federal Governments. Golden Plains Shire Council is a member of:
- Central Highlands Councils Victoria
- G21 Geelong Region Alliance
- Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils
- Rural Councils Victoria
- Timber Towns Victoria
- Municipal Association of Victoria
By being a part of these advocacy groups, it makes it easier for smaller councils like Golden Plains Shire to have a seat at the table with Government, in order to secure more investment for the benefit of our residents.